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Borrowed from Latin īnflīctus, past participle of īnflīgō, from in- + flīgō (“strike”).
inflict (third-person singular simple present inflicts, present participle inflicting, simple past and past participle inflicted)
- To thrust upon; to impose.
- They inflicted terrible pains on her to obtain a confession.
- 1937, Josephus; Ralph Marcus, transl., chapter VIII, in Josephus: With an English Translation (Loeb Classical Library), volume VI (Jewish Antiquities), London: William Heinemann Ltd.; Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, published 1958, →OCLC, book IX, paragraph 1, page 87:
thrust upon, impose